Trust me, it will be extremely difficult to overturn Chamisa judgement: Gutu
MDC-T Deputy President Obert Gutu has described as well-researched the High Court ruling nullifying Nelson Chamisa‘s MDC presidency.
“I have read Justice Edith Mushore‘s full judgment. It is extremely well-researched on both salient aspects of the law and the facts. It’s a brilliantly written judgement.
“Any decent lawyer worth his/salt will tell you that when you don’t agree with the ruling of a court of law, you don’t lambast the judicial officer and/or any other court official for that matter. You simply lodge an appeal against the court’s ruling to a superior court. Simple!” said Gutu, who left the Chamisa-led MDC when he differed with others on the way Chamisa rose to the throne.
The High Court has nullified the appointment of Nelson Chamisa as the MDC president.
It also said party should hold an extraordinary congress within a month using 2014 structures.
Reacting to the ruling, lawyer David Coltart who has been nominated as the party’s treasurer ahead of the elective Congress slated for later this month said: “The farcical nature of life in Zimbabwe. Next, the High Court will be ruling that Nelson Chamisa is not a person. The regime truly fears him taking full and unfettered leadership of the MDC.
“It will be appealed. This is what is called a brutum fulmen – ‘empty thunder’, an ineffective order. By the time the appeal is heard a duly constituted Congress of the MDC will have been held and Nelson Chamisa elected. Pathetic interference with the due process of a party.
“There is no need to rebrand. Khupe et al are hung up on the claim to the name MDC T, which they can have. Our party is the original MDC – a different name and a different brand. This is a desperate and pathetic move,” Coltart fumed.
The High Court has also ruled that Chamisa’s subsequent assumption of the MDC presidency following Tsvangirai death was unconstitutional, and has ordered the party to hold extraordinary congress within a month to elect a legitimate leader.
The new ruling ordered the MDC to hold an extraordinary congress within a month using 2014 structures in which Thokozani Khupe was the only Vice President of the party, meaning that at the moment, according to the latest ruling at least, Khupe is the legitimate leader of the opposition.
The Chamisa-led MDC was set to hold a general Congress from 24 to 26 May in Gweru.
Read the High Court ruling here: FULL HIGH COURT RULING.